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REF NO.: 94

SUBJECT: Memorial University to officially open "information commons" in the QE II Library

DATE: Jan. 8

Note to editors:

Media agencies are invited to send representatives to attend the official opening of The Commons, a new service for students, faculty and staff of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Located on the main level of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, The Commons will be a "one stop" resource bringing together in a central location information resources and technology in an environment conducive to learning and research. The Commons is comprised of a number of computing stations which will have Internet access and access to software programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

A collaborative effort of three units of the university - Computing and Communications, the QE II library, and the Writing Centre - The Commons will draw on the technical, research and writing expertise of these units to offer students improved access to information resources.

The opening ceremony begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, on the main floor of the QE II Library, located on Memorial's St. John's campus.

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